HSJ’s round up of the essential stories from the 2017 budget

Capital surprise

Phillip Hammond has said the “most advanced” sustainability and transformation plans will receive £325m over the next three years, as part of his spring budget announcements.

The chancellor also announced:

Mr Hammond made clear that councils will need to work with the NHS on how best to spend the social care funds and  suggested the focus of the funding would be on measures to tackle delayed transfers of care. It is not clear whether councils will need sign-off from the NHS for spending decisions related to the funding.

The NHS’s biggest showcase

The HSJ Awards 2017 are now open for entries.

For 36 years the HSJ Awards have recognised, celebrated and promoted the finest achievements in the NHS, and displayed them to the service’s most influential leaders.

With 22 categories to choose from, the awards reflect the full spectrum of the NHS’s services and challenges.